APPT Sydney: Final table, level 24 updates

Live updates from final table, level 24 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 5000) of the APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

6pm: David Formosa eliminated in eighth place, AUD $65,340

David Formosa had been nursing a short stack of 535,000 but he has had an amazing run to get to this final table and his family and work colleagues were here in force to watch him at the final table.

"It's awesome - when we saw online that he had about 13,000 at the end of Day 2 we thought that was it," his sister Julie said. "But he's been going so well we just had to pack up the whole family and head down here to Star City."

His younger brother Marty is also proud of Daniel's achievements, adding, "You couldn't meet a nicer bloke. Even if he wins it, it wouldn't change him."


After no eliminations for several hours, David Formosa was the second player KOed in as many hands

Sadly, the Formosa clan have gathered their personals after Wayne Carlson eliminated David Formosa's run just came to an end in eighth place. Formosa raised to 150,000 from the cutoff, only to see Carlson insta-shove over the top.

Formosa looked down at his stack and made a crying call with 3♦ 3♣ but looked in pain when Carlson rolled over Q♠ Q♣. The board was spread 7♣ 7♥ 2♥ [10s] J♦, sending Formosa off to cage to collect his AUD $65,340.

5.45pm: Thomas Slifka eliminated in ninth place, AUD $47,520

Everyone in the Sports Theatre was excited about the first elimination of the day, except for US PokerStars Qualifier Thomas Slifka, who bowed out in ninth place. The money was all-in before the flop; Slifka had tried to steal the blinds with 6♠ 4♥ but got caught out in a big way after Carlson called his all-in shove with A♥ J♠. The board ran out K♥ Q♦ 2♠ 9♣ A♦ and the American was sent to the exit via the cage to collect his AUD $47,520


Thomas Slifka survived three 75-minute levels at the final table, but was still first sent to the rail, in ninth

5.30pm: Hachem v Saab generates plenty of attention

With barely a flop seen on the APPT Grand Final table, we just heard an announcement from the tournament director down on the floor overseeing the APPT Sydney Heads-Up tournament.


Joe Hachem prepares to face David Saab in the quarter-finals of the APPT Sydney Heads-up tournament

They are two of Australian poker's biggest names - it's the big winner, 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem versus the big mouth, David Saab! After being admonished by Hachem for the volume of his table-talk a few days ago, we're expecting some fireworks from this one.

5.15pm: Grigg's pop makes 'em stop

No-one wants to see a flop, then everyone wants to see a flop - there were six limpers into a flop of 5♣ 7♦ 2♠; Thomas Slifka checked to Wayne Carlson who fired out 120,000. Leo Boxell called and Barry Forrester folded before Tom Grigg came in with a raise, making it an additional 200,000 to go. Ernst Hermans folded, as did Slifka and Carlson, but Boxell went into the tank for almost four minutes before laying it down.

4.50pm: Carlson claws some back

Sydney's Wayne Carlson is not going to go quietly after making some bold plays in the space of two hands. Carlson raised in early position before the flop to 75,000, only to see Andrew Hiscox reraise to 200,000 from the big blind. Carlson called and the two players saw a flop of 8♠ K♦ J♠.


After a quiet couple of hours, Wayne Carlson has taken down a nice pot from Leo Boxell

Hiscox checked but Carlson shoved all in, forcing Hiscox out of the pot to take it down. On the very next hand Carlson got all his money into the middle against Leo Boxell, tabling 9♠ 9♦ against Boxell's A♠ [10c] on a flop of 5♦ 2♣ 5♠. The turn and river ran out 6♠, 7♦ to double Carlson up to more than 1.1 million in chips.